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on 7 October 2010
Excellent book. The book takes you from why psychology is needed in sailing/ what part it plays, right through to how to use this to your advantage, and pitfalls to avoid. The author does a good job of siting real examples from sailors he has worked with, to make the book easy to read, it's not like a textbook- yet gets across a lot of good content.

The chapters I found most interesting/ useful were those on goal setting, teamwork and concentration, all big parts of sailing in my opinion.

Highly recommend this book to anyone trying to improve in their sailing, especially if you sail on a 2 handed dinghy, keelboat or yacht. That's not to say it's not for singlehanders, there is only 1 chapter on teamwork, that just happened to be the most appropriate one for me!

Only point of criticism is that the pictures aren't always linked into the text/ referred to, however in all fairness I'd rather the pictures were there than not.

Highyly recommended ++
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on 12 October 2010
Not being an "academic" or in anyway interested in Psychology (spelling it is hard enough) this book was great. It was recomended and I thought I would never get through it but in a strange way it makes fascinating reading.
You appreciate many things you can do to improve while also smiling as example after example relate precisly to errors witnessed over the years racing!!!
However experienced you are this will contain some useful parts and if your are starting out probably wise to read it every six months. Compared to the money we spend on our boats (faster blocks/sails etc etc) to make them go faster this is a no brainer!
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on 17 October 2014
Breaks down the thought processes and attitudes you need to get your head in the right place to win. Well worth a read and doing some of the exercises.
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